Sunday, May 29, 2005

"Culture of Life"

An article by Garance Franke-Ruta in the June issue of the American Prospect contains a telling factoid about Tom Delay's trips paid for by Jack Abramoff.

Saipan, part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was a focus Abramoff's concern in the 1990s. As a U.S. territory, it can sell products -- made by foreign workers without protection of of U.S. labor laws -- with a warm and fuzzy "made in the USA" label. When the Clinton Deptartment of Interior produced a report critical of the Commonwealth's labor practices; Delay acting as Abramoff's French Poodle, worked to punish the Interior Department. According to Franke-Ruta, one of the practices of Saipan's garment factories is "forcing women to have abortions so that they could keep sewing."

Tom Delay regularly makes unctuous statements in support of the "culture of life." He opposes federal funding of stem cell research because "an embryo is a person." He spearheaded congressional intervention in the Terry Schiavo case, although at times he has trouble keeping her cause separate from his:
This is exactly the kind of issue that's going on in America, that attacks against the conservative moment, against me and against many others. The point is, the other side has figured out how to win and to defeat the conservative movement, and that is to go after people personally, charge them with frivolous charges, link up with all these do-gooder organizations funded by George Soros, and then get the national media on their side. That whole syndicate that they have going on right now is for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to destroy the conservative movement. It is to destroy conservative leaders, and not just in elected office, but leading. I mean, Ed Feulner, of the Heritage Foundation today was under attack in the National Journal. This is a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in. And you need to look at this, and what's going on and participate in fighting back.

The Abramoff/Saipan business shows the Delay -- who passed on an opportunity to stand up for women who didn't want abortions and instead sided with their bosses -- abandons the "culture of life" when it goes against the wishes of powerful interests.


JT Davis said...

Nice catch, Clark. Or as the would say in Canada, "Beauty, eh Clark?"

Annie said...

Not so sure it's a catch at all. There seems to be various sworn statements in Senate hearings refuting the abortion in Saipan problem, or perhaps its "rampancy." (regardless, I think even one forced abortion is vile and should be fought to make sure neither it-nor any other sweatshop abuses--ever take place, anywhere):

Does anyone have some time to review/analyze this?

Or this:

Apparently, in a Senate hearing on Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands: Hearing Before the House Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources, 106th Cong. (1999)), a few statements were made under oath by local mission leaders that "allegations of so-called religious persecution and forced abortion are untrue."

It appears there may be a political agenda on this issue: fighting between those who argue for more local control of businesses and those who oppose that.

Not saying it's true or false, just don't have time yet to research it all. Perhaps you would be interested in reading it, is all.

Annie said...

sorry, one of those urls got cut off:

Annie said...

Damn it did it again, ok, here's another try:

Hopefully this works: the "bcic" should be immediately followed in the browser line by "lr/24" and so on.

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